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Cypripedium kentuckiense

Native Plants

Kentucky Lady’s Slipper

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Summary

Kentucky lady’s slipper, with its unique pouch-like flower shape, is among the finest specimen plants for the garden. This herbaceous perennial orchid performs best in well-drained, organic, slightly alkaline soil in part shade and can form sizable multi-stemmed clumps. Its attractive, soft, fuzzy leaves are the perfect complement to the striking soft yellow to nearly white irregular flowers borne on tall flowering stalks nearly 2′ tall. Cypripedium kentuckiense stands out beautifully when combined with Geum fragarioides, Tiarella cordifolia, Enemion biternatumProsartes lanuginosum, Dicentra eximia, Iris cristata, Trillium cuneatum, Asarum canadense, and Thalictrum dioicum.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
    white, yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    dormant, yellow 
  • Other Common Names
    ivory lady's-slipper 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown